You Can Crowdfund Your Boob Job!
Ain't the Internet grand? With the rise of "crowdsourcing" and user-generated services, you can use private cars as taxis, stay in someone's home like a hotel, and raise money from total strangers for your boob job. Yes, it's a brave new world where you can crowdfund cosmetic surgery.» 0 Comments
Parents Embarrassing, Study Confirms
If you've ever felt humiliated or embarrassed by your parents on social media, know that you are not alone: a survey of British social media users has confirmed that parents are deeply mortifying online, just as in ordinary life.» 1 Comments
One in Five Americans Use Social Media with Primetime TV
Roughly one in five online Americans ages 15-54 (19%, to be precise) said they use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while watching primetime TV on a daily basis, according to new data from the Council for Research Excellence. Meanwhile 16% of all primetime viewing occasions involve social media interaction of some kind, with around half of these (7.3%) relating specifically to the programming.» 0 Comments
Google Beats Facebook to Punch, Buys Drone Maker
Back in high school we called this "pissing in someone's corn flakes," but if you prefer Napoleonic metaphors, Google has "stolen a march" on Facebook by buying Titan Aerospace, which makes high-altitude, solar-powered drones, apparently with the same basic goal in mind: providing wireless Internet access to areas of the planet that are still off the grid.» 0 Comments
Teens Dropping Social Nets for Social Apps
Data from a number of surveys suggests that teenagers are leaving social networks like Facebook in favor of social apps. The latest study comes from Project Tomorrow, a non-profit organization focused on digital technology for education, which recently released the results of its 2013 survey of 325,279 K-12 students across the U.S.» 0 Comments
Facebook Linked to Body Image Issues
Here's one for the "depressing but not particularly surprising" file: a new study by researchers at the University of Strathclyde, the University of Iowa, and the University of Ohio found that Facebook use may result in an increased likelihood of negative body image issues among young women. The study, titled "Facebook and College Women's Bodies: Social Media's Influence on Body Image and Disordered Eating," surveyed 881 college women about their Facebook use, eating and exercise habits, and body image.» 0 Comments
Maybe Everyone Just Shut Up About Selfies
This time the Internet's self-selecting propriety police are shocked, yes shocked by a selfie taken by Nate Scimio, a student who was injured, along with nearly two dozen others, in Wednesday's mass stabbing at Franklin Regional Senior High School in west Pennsylvania. The selfie, taken in the hospital after the attack and posted on Scimio's Instagram, shows Scimio in a hospital gown with a bandage on his right arm. Scimio is smiling (perhaps a bit smugly) and pointing at the bandage.» 4 Comments
Teens Favor Instagram over Facebook, Twitter
The kids nowadays prefer that Instagram over the Facebook and Twitters, according to a new survey of 7,500 teens by Piper Jaffray. In its spring 2014 teen survey the consultancy found that 30% of teens ranked Instagram their most important social network, ahead of Twitter at 27% and Facebook at 23%.» 2 Comments
Govs Need Emergency Systems to Combat Social Media Rumors
Social media rumors can sow even more unhelpful (and potentially very dangerous) havoc amid major crises, and governments need to create emergency response systems to swiftly dispel misinformation online, according to a new study titled "Community Intelligence and Social Media Services: A Rumor Theoretic Analysis of Tweets During Social Crises," published in a journal called Management Information Systems Quarterly.» 1 Comments
Social Stocks Tumble
Social media stocks took it on the chin last week, with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all suffering declines on Wall Street. And last week's sobering performance is just the icing on the cake after prolonged slumps going back a month or more.» 1 Comments
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